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Fintech start-up appoints seasoned exec to drive growth

Former Vircom-EMS leader Scott Taylor appointed COO at AlphaCert

Auckland, NZ. 5 April 2019. Experienced executive Scott Taylor has been appointed Chief Operating Officer to help drive the rapid expansion of Auckland-based fintech company AlphaCert.

‘’Having proven our technology with organisations like AustralianSuper, AlphaCert is ready for a significant expansion into large investment managers through Australasia and further afield,” says founder and CEO, Phil Pietersen. “Scott’s appointment is key to that ambition.’’

Scott joins AlphaCert from utilities services business Vircom-EMS, where he led the business for three years. He then managed its sale to Vector Limited. Prior to that, Scott worked in national sales and operations leadership roles at FlexiGroup Limited, after working in the IT industry in New Zealand and the UK.

While returning to his origins in the tech sector, Scott says it wasn’t the main driver for choosing to join AlphaCert. ‘’It was really the passion and vision of Phil for AlphaCert, along with the exceptional quality of the team he has assembled,” he says. ‘’The chance to help drive the global growth of Kiwi business is very exciting.”

Scott sees real opportunity to improve the management of data in the investment sector by applying the AlphaCert platform. “Investment management and investment operations leaders increasingly see data as a strategic asset and are seeking platforms that help them manage it more effectively,” he explains. ‘’AlphaCert gives them more control over this strategic asset, so they can focus their time on making high quality investment decisions more efficiently.’’

Since joining the company, Scott has been delighted at the positive feedback from the market and is looking to put in place the right structure and processes to enable AlphaCert to leverage this opportunity.

CEO Phil Pietersen paid tribute to outgoing COO Michelle Poulton. ‘‘Michelle is an outstanding executive who has been the driving force behind commercialising the AlphaCert platform and building out a team that deliver and support the solution in the market.

‘’Thanks to Michelle we now have a strong, well-structured business capable of significant growth.’’


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